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HEARING GOD

I would like to share with you about hearing God.
To start with it is important to understand that the more you know the Word of God, the easier it is to
know when God is talking to you because there are four different entities vying for your attention. The
first is God. The second is the constant bombardment from the things of the world. The third is our old
man nature and the forth is the devil and devil spirits. Each one can give you information, but, there is
only one that can give you information that is pure and that is God. Whether it be knowledge of things
to come, knowledge of current situations or knowledge of how to heal someone the only one that can
do that is God. So, knowing the Bible, God’s Word, gives us insight on whether the thoughts that come
into our minds are from God or from another source. The reason that is is because God never
contradicts Himself. In other words, any thoughts that you have that do not align with the Word of God
are not from God.
There is a record in I Kings about Elijah and God. Elijah had done a lot of things that God had asked him
to do and now he was tired, so, God told him to get up to a mountain and God would talk to him there.
This record shows the importance of knowing God’s voice.
1 Kings 19:11-13 (KJV)
11 And he (God) said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD
passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the
LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the
earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in
the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here,
Elijah?
Most of us think to hear from God you should hear a baritone voice speaking over a PA system just like
when Moses went up on the mount for the first time in the movie The Ten Commandments. That is not
quite so. To hear God’s voice you have to be calm and quiet and listen for God’s still small voice.
I have often wondered over the years why it seems as though the prophets and people of the Bible
could hear from God better than we, Christians, children of God can do and it comes down to three
things. Once we receive the holy spirit we don’t build up that gift, we don’t align our thinking with the
Word of God and thirdly, we are constantly bombarded with a cacophony of noise to the point that we
can hardly hear ourselves think. In biblical times they had no radio, no TV, no movies, no horns honking,
no road noise, no garbage trucks banging and crashing dumpsters in the wee hours of the morning, so, it
was easier to hear the still small voice of God.
There is another record of a youth named Samuel and how God taught him to recognize God’s voice.
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (KJV)
1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was
precious in those days; there was no open vision.Eli was the prophet of God, but, Eli was a copped out prophet. Although he still had his position
in the temple he no longer did God’s bidding.
2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to
wax dim, that he could not see;
3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and
Samuel was laid down to sleep;
As long as there was a prophet alive the people would keep a lamp burning to signify God’s
presence. What this verse is saying is Eli was going to die.
4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
Samuel was quiet, his surroundings were quiet and God called to him, but, Eli didn’t teach him
how to know it was God talking, so, Samuel did what he was trained to do and that was to serve
Eli. So it was to Eli that he ran.
5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie
down again. And he went and lay down.
Eli didn’t know God had called Samuel, but, he should have.
6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am
I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
Eli was so far removed from talking with God that it didn’t even cross him mind that God could
be calling Samuel.
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto
him.
When it says Samuel didn’t know the Lord it means that Samuel didn’t recognize that it was God
calling.
8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said,
Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.
FINALLY! Eli gets a clue!
9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt
say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel
answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
Once Samuel understood that it was God talking to him he would from then on always recognize the still
small voice of God.As Christians we too can learn to hear the still small voice of God. It is only a matter of aligning our
minds with the Word of God getting calm and quiet and recognize God is talking to you.

HOW GREAT IS GOD

There is a growing trend in the world and especially in the United States to deny the existence of God.
People are going as far as to say that aliens came to Earth and planted humans here. Others say that we
evolved out of nothing, that a big explosion started forming the universe and one thing led to another
and life started and evolved into what we see here on earth. This may be a growing trend, but, it is a
dangerous trend. Walking away from God always has negative consequences. But, tonight I don’t want
to dwell on that, but, rather, to challenge you to think.
I would like to ask you what the probability of atoms floating around for any length of time and
developing something as simple as a mouse or any other animal for that matter would be. Think about
it. A mouse with a nervous system, a skeletal system, a heart that pumps on its own. A mouse can hear,
think, see, sense and smell. A mouse has a reproductive system, actually two, male or female. A mouse
has skin and hair each with its own purpose and design. A mouse has a lymphatic system, a digestive
system, lungs that transfer oxygen to the blood. A mouse has a brain and is designed for a purpose so it
has preprogrammed (hereditary) thoughts and actions and a mouse has a soul that keeps it alive. People
can look at a mouse and, because of what they have been taught, say it came from evolution or the Big
Bang never looking beyond the small creature to see the hand of the master designer and, yet, they can
look at something manmade and see the hand of the designer, the craftsmanship in it.
What if I were to show you a watch and then tell you that it evolved out of nothing and one morning
there it was on my front porch. What would you say? “Oh, Ed, that is so wonderful let’s start a new
branch of science to enhance your postulation that watches float together because of the Big Bang.” No
you wouldn’t. You’d say that I was nuts and you would be right. You can see the hand of the craftsman
in the watch’s design and function and, yet, a watch has one function with one system to make the
hands go round and round.
Let’s get back to the little mouse. A unit that is so exquisitely made that the closer you look the more
beautiful and intricately made it becomes. All the way down to the microscopic level. Now consider how
many creatures are on earth any where from one celled animals to bugs, birds and fish all the way up to
humans. The probability of the universe spitting out a watch is zero, nill, nothing. The same is true for
the meek little mouse. What about the millions of other plants and animals here on earth everyone so
individual and so unique that there is no way they came to be without a master designer.
Psalm 14:1 (KJV)
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
Job had a little problem. He espoused his righteousness, but, he forgot the majesty, power and
wisdom of God. It took Job thirty-seven chapters to change his mind and turn to God. it took
another four chapters for God to straighten Job out. It is those four chapters that I would like you
to read and ponder on how big God really is.
Job 38:1-41 (KJV)
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his
place;
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.
16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of
death?
18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the
house thereof?
21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of
thunder;
26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring
forth?
28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?
36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for
lack of meat.
Job 39:1-30 (KJV)
1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark whenthe hinds do calve?
2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.
4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto
them.
5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.
7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after
thee?
11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?
14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain
without fear;
17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of
the trumpet.
25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the
captains, and the shouting.
26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?
27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.
Job 40:1-24 (KJV)
1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer
it.
3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto
him.
20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into
his mouth.
24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
Job 41:1-34 (KJV)
1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest
down?
2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is
mine.
12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify
themselves.
26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
And finally Job humbles himself before God, so that God could give Job twice as mush as he lost
in chapters one and two. God can and will give you the desires of your heart if you will only
realize how great God is.
Job 42:1-6 (KJV)
1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood
not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

WHY JESUS CHRIST DIED

There was an old grey-haired man who regularly taught his granddaughter about the things of God and of Jesus Christ. One night he sat his daughter on his lap and began to teach her about the love God had  for all mankind. So much so that He gave His only begotten son for us, so that he could save any and all of us, who want to be saved, from our sins.


” Sarah” he said, “when anyone understands enough about Jesus Christ to confess him as lord that person is delivered from their sins.”
When the grey-haired man was finished teaching Sarah, he put his Bible up and kissed his granddaughter good night. Sarah didn’t walk away as she usually did, with a bounce in her step. Tonight, she had a quizzacle look on her face and a slow deliberate stride as she walked to bed.


The next night Sarah, once again, sat on her grandfather’s lap, but, this night Sarah started to speak first.

“ Grandfather?”

“yes darling.”

“ I need to talk to you about last night’s teaching.”

“Ok, what is on your mind?”

“ I feel guilty.”

“Whaaat? Why?”

“Because…,” Sarah started “Because I don’t want anyone to die and I especially don’t want anyone to die for me! The thought of Jesus going through all of the beatings and then dying makes me sad and and
I feel guilty for him doing that just for me. I can’t accept it. I want to cry!” With that Sarah buried her head in her grandfathers chest and started to sob.

“Sarah sweety” said the grandfather as he held her tight.
For several minutes grandfather held Sarah in a bear hug of an embrace. Finally, he raised her off his chest and looked into her eyes.

“Boy, I sure didn’t explain things very well last night. I am so sorry for that. Let’s dry your tears and let me have another go at explaining this.”
Sarah went and blew her nose and wiped her tears from her face and came and sat down on Grandfather’s lap once more.

“Let me see” said Grandfather. “What I did last night, I think, was to give you the impression that Jesus traded his life for yours. Is that the way you see it?”
“Yes” said Sarah.

“Well, in a sense that is true, but, there is something else that you must understand. Remember the story of Adam and Eve, the first two people on Earth and how they lived in the Garden of Eden?”
Sarah’s eyes lit up, “Yes Grandfather I remember. They did something they weren’t supposed to do and ended up getting kicked out didn’t they?”“That is right, but, there is more to the story than that.” “What happen is that God gave rulership of all the Earth and all the animals, birds and fish to Adam. Whatever Adam said went. Adam even named all of the animals, birds and fish! So, Adam was responsible to God for being the big boss of the World.”
“Who’s the big boss now Grandfather?” asked Sarah.

I’m going to get to that, but your jumping ahead of me.” Replied Grandfather.
“Sorry Grandfather”
“It’s OK Sarah. I like that you are inquisitive. That means you are listening and thinking.” Said Grandfather.
Grandfather continued, “The devil, God’s arc enemy, you remember hearing about him?”

Sarah snuggled into Grandfathers chest and said “yes Grandfather, but, I don’t like talking about him.”
“Neither do I” said Grandfather, “but, for you to understand I need to teach you what he did. You see, the devil wanted the authority that Adam had, but, he knew he could never have it by honest means. So he started talking to Eve,. He knew he didn’t have a chance to fool Adam, but, if he could fool Eve then  Eve could work for him and maybe the both of them could fool Adam. So, that’s what he did. Day in and day out the devil would pretend that he was an angel of light and come to talk to Eve. Over time the
devil convinced Eve to do the one thing that God told Adam not to do. God told Adam not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. The devil got Eve so twisted around that, when the devil asked Eve what God said she changed a word, added a word and deleted a word. In other words, she forgot what God said.”

“Uh Oh” exclaimed Sarah.

“Uh Oh is right” said Grandfather. ”Because Eve didn’t remember what God said the devil could and did convince her to eat the fruit that she wasn’t supposed to eat.” Do you know what it is called when you do something that God tells you not to do?”

“No, Grandfather, what is it called?”

“it is called sin, dear child.” Replied Grandfather.

“Grandfather, sin sounds so harsh.”

“It does sound harsh, but all it is is not doing what you are told.”
“Kinda like when I don’t pick up my room when Mommy tells me to?” asked Sarah.

“Exactly” chuckled Grandfather.

“So” Grandfather continued “Eve did just what the devil thought. She convinced Adam to eat the fruit of tree of knowledge of good and evil. When Adam ate that fruit, he committed high treason against God.”

“What is high treason, Grandfather” Sarah asked looking rather puzzled.“High treason, Sarah, is when someone commits a crime against a nation or kingdom by giving something of value to another nation. Usually it is secret information, but, sometimes it is something material of tangible.

“You have a puzzled look on your face. Did I loose you?.” Asked Grandfather.

“I don’t understand.” Replied Sarah.

Grandfather sat for a minute trying to come up with a comparison that Sarah could understand.

“ Well, honey,” Grandfather started “if we lived in a castle and someone in the castle gave information to the enemy about a secret passage that would let the army of the enemy in to take over the castle that would be high treason against the king and the people of the castle.”

“OK, Grandfather, I think I see” Sarah said, interrupting Grandfather.

“Good” said Grandfather, “but, there is another part to this. If we lived in the same castle and instead of a king we had a governor and that governor opened the gate to the army of the enemy and let them take control that would be high treason as well.”

“OK, I understand now.” Sarah chimed in.

“Back to the story of Adam and Eve” said Grandfather. “By doing what God told Adam not to do Adam broke fellowship with God and transferred his authority as governor of the World to the Devil.”

“Really?” Sarah looked at Grandfather with a look of disbelief.
Grandfather continued, “ yes that is why in John chapter fourteen Jesus said ‘ the prince of this world cometh and has nothing in me.’ Adam was the prince of the world, but, now the devil is because of Adams sin.”

“But Grandfather, what does this have to do with Jesus Dying?”

“I’m getting to that, Sarah. You see, when the devil got control of the world, he, also, got control of the people. We became his property.

“Wow, Grandfather, that sounds horrible!”

“It is sweetheart. That is why there are so many problems in the world today.” Grandfather continued, “

But, God made a plan to get us back from the rulership of the devil and it involved His son Jesus Christ.”

“You see, Sarah, Just like Adam did, the devil would have to do something against the laws of God so that it would break the his rulership, his authority over mankind.”

”Are you following me so far?” asked Grandfather.

“Yes I think so” said Sarah.

“Good girl” replied Grandfather. “So God’s plan was to send His son to help us. However, if the devil tried to get rid of or kill Jesus, God had a plan that was hidden before the foundation of the world.

“That’s a long time, Grandfather” exclaimed Sarah “ What was the plan?”“The plan was to allow the devil to kill Jesus Christ, something the devil had no right to do because Jesus was innocent of all sin and that would break the hold that the devil has on mankind.”

“That sounds horrible!” blurted Sarah

“Well it was” said Grandfather “but it had to be done to save us and you have to understand even though it was so terrible, God and Jesus Christ both saw the glory of Christ Jesus’ being raised from the dead and forever more sitting on the right hand, the hand of blessing, of God.”

“Wow, God really does love us doesn’t He, Grandfather!”

“Yes child He surely does, but, that is only the half of it,” exclaimed Grandfather, “the other half is that anyone that does what Romans chapter ten verses nine and ten says to do is no longer under the authority of the devil and they have an unrevokable one way ticket to Heaven.”

“So, Grandfather what about all the things that I hear about my sins?”

“Because of what Jesus Christ went through” said Grandfather,” “and because we are no longer under the authority of the devil, but, citizens of God’s Kingdom and children of God, when we do sin or break
fellowship with God all we have to do is tell God we are sorry and the Bible says that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.”

“Thank you for explaining that to me, Grandfather” said Sarah, “I feel much better knowing that it wasn’t something I did that caused Jesus to die and just knowing that he is alive and I will get to see him is exciting, isn’t it Grandfather!”

“Indeed it is child, indeed it is.”

OUR VOCATION

Did you know that Christians have a job to do? That’s right, a job! I would venture to say that not too
many Christians know that. Most Christians think it is all about their relationship with God, and it is. But,
part of that relationship is doing your job.
Ephesians 4:1 (KJV)
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation
wherewith ye are called,
It is our responsibility, our duty to find out what that job, that vocation is and then get to work.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (KJV)
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the
ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto
them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Our job, ladies and gentlemen, is the ministry of reconciliation and our tool to get the job done is the
Bible which is the word of reconciliation.
Somebody spoke to you about Jesus Christ and eternal life. That person was fulfilling his/her
responsibility as a faithful minister.
2 Corinthians 5:20 (KJV)
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s
stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Not only are we ministers, but, we are ambassadors for Christ! If you are a Christian you are an
ambassador for Christ whether you want to be or not. So, why not be the best ambassador the world
has ever seen?
When you speak about Christ and what he accomplished you are a shining light, a beacon to a sick and
dying world.
Philippians 2:15-16 (KJV)
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked
and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither
laboured in vain.
The great thing about being a minister of reconciliation and ambassador is that you aren’t alone! Yes, of
course you have other believers around you, but, there is someone bigger than that working right along
with you and that is God!
1 Corinthians 3:9 (KJV)
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.WE are laborers together God! You are never alone. God is right there helping you to reconcile others to
Him.
1 Corinthians 3:16 (KJV)
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Ephesians 2:19-22 (KJV)
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the
household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief
corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (KJV)
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all
things, may abound to every good work:
1 John 4:4 (KJV)
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he
that is in the world.
We have the tools we have been given a job AND we have a fellow worker, someone to help us perform
our duties – God.
But there are two parts missing. Those are the parts that makes us want to be ministers and
ambassadors and those are God’s love for you and the rewards that are waiting for us as faithful
ministers.
When we know how much God loves us then our only response is to love Him back and you love Him
back by doing what He asks you to do.
Romans 5:8-9 (KJV)
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
God loved us so much that He allowed His only begotten son to die in payment for our sins. As part of
that redemption we don’t go through the wrath. The wrath is a very horrible thing. The wrath is a time
of vengeance of our God.
Isaiah 49:16 (KJV)
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
God tattooed your name on the palms of His hands and then holds His hands, like walls, in front of His
face so you are always in His thoughts. This is a figure of speech. God uses figures of speech to add
emphasis, to add importance to what He is telling us.
Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and wherethieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and
where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV)
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the
Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (KJV)
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all
things, may abound to every good work:
John 14:12 (KJV)
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater
works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to
the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.
God lovingly made a way for us to be His sons and daughters, He made it so that He works with us. He
gave us the tools to do the job. Our only lovingly response is to take up the task and be the best
ministers and ambassadors we can be.

EPHESIANS CHAPTER FOUR

Last week we looked at our vocation, our job, calling or duty, as children of God. This week I
want to touch on how to conduct ourselves to get the job done and there is no better place to start
than Ephesians chapter four.
Ephesians 4:1 (KJV)
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation
wherewith ye are called,
I showed you that not only have you been given the tools, but, God is at work together with us and
in us to accomplish the task. Ephesians chapter four gives us information on how to conduct ourselves
to get the job done.
Ephesians 4:2-3 (KJV)
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Let me first point out that Ephesians is not addressed to all Christians, but, to believers. Those that are
not only born again, but, are walking the Christian walk and Ephesians 4:2,3 are talking about believers
interacting with other believers. It is not talking about dealing with people not born again of God’s spirit.
The word “lowliness” is not what we think of today, a person with an attitude of unworthiness or
poverty minded. NO, NO, NO! God made us worthy! We, as sons and daughters of God. We are royalty.
We are more than conquerors. It must have a different meaning than unworthiness and it does.
The word “lowliness” should be translated as “humility.” So, now you need to ask yourself “humble to
who?”
Meekness is another word that we don’t understand because it has a different meaning now than it did
back in biblical times. The Bible says that Moses was the meekest man on the face of the earth and, yet,
we would never consider Moses meek. Why? Because we consider someone who is meek to be mousy
or timid. Whereas, meek in the Bible means coachable or teachable.
So these two words cannot be referring to being humble and coachable to anyone but God and His
Word. When you do this you will be patient (long suffering,) and you will interact with each other in the
love of God in the renewed mind. Also, by walking by the revealed Word of God you will diligently, the
word “endeavouring” is the Greek word for “diligently,” keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:4 (KJV)
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
There is one body which every Christian is a part of and that is the body of Christ. one spirit – the holy
spirit given to everyone that does Romans 10:9,10. One hope and that is the hope of going to Heaven
and receiving rewards for our diligent stand here on earth.Ephesians 4:5-7 (KJV)
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
When it says “the measure of the gift” it means every Christian has as much spirit as anyone else. We all
the same enablements, the same ability and the same authority.
Ephesians 4:8-10 (KJV)
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all
things.)
Jesus Christ accomplished it all for your redemption and mine. He died was resurrected and ascended
into heaven so that we could become God’s sons and daughters.
Ephesians 4:11-15 (KJV)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and
teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man,
unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
There are only six gifts no more no less. The gift of holy spirit and the five gift ministries.
Ephesians 4:16 (KJV)
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint
supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the
body unto the edifying of itself in love.
What a wonderful verse. What it is saying is that when we start walking or acting the way God
teaches or coaches us to walk/act we will be building up each other and in turn the whole body of
Christ will benefit and build up the believers by and in love.
In contrast to verse sixteen verses seventeen through nineteen tell us what NOT to do.
Ephesians 4:17-20 (KJV)
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the
vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance thatis in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness (filthy vices), to work all
uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
Verses 17-20 sound like they were written today! People alienating themselves from not only a walk
with God, but, life itself because of their decisions.
Ephesians 4:21-24 (KJV)
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the
deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Every Christian has two natures, the old man nature and the new man. The old man nature is of the
world and looks at the things of this world. The old man nature is at enmity with God. The new man
nature is the God in Christ in each and every born-again Christian.
When we walk according to the revealed Word of God we renew our minds and walk God’s walk of
righteousness and true holiness.
Ephesians 4:25 (KJV)
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of
another. See I Corinthians (12:12-27)
Ephesians 4:26-27 (KJV)
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
I use this verse a lot in dealing with married couples. But, look how healing this would be to each and
every Christian if they would work out their differences with others before the end of the day or they let
go of all their animosity, anger and grievances before they put their head on the pillow at night. What a
sweat sleep they would have and what a fresh start they would have the next morning. By doing this we
don’t give openings for our adversary, the devil, to take advantage of us.
Ephesians 4:28 (KJV)
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is
good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Ephesians 4:29-30 (KJV)
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of
edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
By not ministering grace unto the people that you talk to, by speaking worthless communication, words
that do not benefit, you are grieving the holy spirit of God.Ephesians 4:31-32 (KJV)
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with
all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake
hath forgiven you.
Do you know how you change the world? You change it one person at a time and you start with
yourself. What a wonderful change in your life and the lives of others will take place when you walk in
the light of God’s Wonderful matchless Word.

A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

Happy New Year! This is the time many people make their New Year’s resolutions. For the most part
they are about weigh loss or changing jobs or new relationships. But, what about a relationship that is
really important?
How about committing to a closer walk with God? There are a couple of things in specific that I am
thinking about. The first is getting to know God better and the second is to walk in love with God.
The only way you get to know someone or know someone better is to spend time with them. So it is
with God. To have a relationship with God you have to spend time with Him. Jesus Christ did.
Matthew 14:22-23 (KJV)
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto
the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and
when the evening was come, he was there alone.
Luke 6:12 (KJV)
12 And it came to pass in those days, that he (Jesus) went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all
night in prayer to God.
Luke 9:28 (KJV)
28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and
James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
Luke 11:1a (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place,
Luke 18:1 (KJV)
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
God wanted children that He could walk and talk with. Through thousands of years He planned for just
that event. Who would have thought that though all that time God had you in mind? He did.
Ephesians 1:4-8 (KJV)
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good
pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his
grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;We get busy and forget who God is and how important He is to us and how important we are to Him. All
the while God is waiting for us to turn to Him and start the conversation. No one can do it for us. No one
can do it for you. You are the only one that can start and grow your relationship with God.
The other part of this relationship is found in ii Timothy 2:15
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth.
The Bible is as relevant to day as when it was first written. Only in the Bible will you find out who your
really are. Only in the Bible will you find what you have in Christ Jesus. Only in the Bible will you find
how to pray and how to pray perfectly. Only in the Bible will you find how to conduct yourself in this
world, how to walk wisely, how to walk in love, how to appropriate the things you need in your life. Only
in the Bible will you see God’s love for you His child.
Jeremiah found the scrolls of the Bible in the debris of the temple after it had been destroyed and he
was more excited than a little boy with a new puppy.
Jeremiah 15:16 (KJV)
16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine
heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
We have the Bible so close to us and, yet, how little time we spend reading and studying it. What would
happen if we ate the Word (studied it until it became a part of us) for month, three months or the whole
year?
Don’t let this year turn out to be like every other. Change your life by walking and talking with God.
MY GOD AND I
My God and I go in the field together;
We walk and talk as good friends should and do.
We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter,
My God and I walk through the meadow’s hue.
He tells me of the years that went before me,
When heavenly plans were made for me to be;
When all was but a dream of dim conception
To come to life, earth’s verdant glory see.
My God and I will go for aye together,
We’ll walk and talk as good friends should and do.
This earth will pass and with it common trifles
But God and I will go unendingly.

MY WISH FOR YOU

It has been hard for me to write about Christmas. Well, actually I have been conflicted about it over
many years. There are many reasons for this.
First, I know the history and a lot of the traditions are based in paganism. But, more to the point I saw
people hurting because they didn’t have anyone to celebrate with or they couldn’t afford the gifts that
they really wanted to buy for their loved ones. So, all of this hurt my heart until I came to a realization.
The realization is this. It is a change in perspective. It is a point of view. The change is found in
Philippians 2:5.
Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
You see, Jesus Christ knew his purpose here on earth. He knew his home was in Heaven. He knew he
was the son of God. He knew his treasured were laid up for him some place other than this earth and so
he lived that way and in so doing made a way for anyone to not only be saved, but, to have the same
mindset.
So, whether you have a lot or you have a little, whether you are surrounded by friends and family or
alone for the holidays you can have that mindset. And, not only the mindset, but the full assurance we
are sons of God and that we will be with Christ in glory.
Romans 8:18 (KJV)
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory
which shall be revealed in us.
Not only the sufferings, but, the material things that we have or don’t have are not worthy to be
compared with what we will have in the future.
The things of earth surely will grow dim when you turn your eyes upon Jesus Christ and the things of
God..
Philippians 3:13-16 (KJV)
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise
minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the
same thing.
So, my wish for you this holiday season is that whatever position you find yourself in that you take time
to thank God for sending His son to save us and to know He is there with you and in you.Ephesians 3:19-20 (KJV)
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of
God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the
power that worketh in us,

A CLOSER LOOK AT LUKE 2:1-19

I want to share with you insights into the first nineteen verses of Luke chapter two.
Luke 2:1-2 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all
the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
The world is not all of the world, but, the empire under Caesar’s rule. It is obvious that you can’t require
something from people you do not control or rule.
The “taxing” is not a taxing, but a census. At this time in history Caesar Augustus was having his Silver
Jubilee (25th anniversary) of him becoming ruler of the Roman Empire. As such, the census of the people
was taken as an oath of allegiance to Caesar from all of his subjects. This Silver Jubilee, also coincided
with the 750th year of the founding of Rome and Caesar’s 60th birthday. Because it was a special census
Cyrenius (Quirinius) was put in charge. It is important to note that many scholars consider Luke
inaccurate because there is very little about Cyrenius and a census until the census of 6/7 AD. They do
not understand the importance of this census being done accurately and on time for Caesar Augustus
being declared Pater Patriae (father of the country.) Therefore, Cyrenuis had a special assignment to
oversee the census.
Luke 2:3-4 (KJV)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
When we have a census in the United States the government sends us a census questionnaire to our
residence. Not so back then. Lineage was very important, so, to keep the record straight and to be
counted, a person had to go back to the town of his lineage.
Luke 2:5 (KJV)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
In Bible times a man and a woman would have a ten day wedding ceremony then they would live six
months with his family and then six months with her family. At the end of a year they would have a big
celebration. All of the family and friends along with the dignitaries of the town would be invited. When
everyone was there the husband would say:
John 14:1-3 (KJV)
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions (apartments, the sons and their wives would live with
their father): if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, there ye may be also.This is a direct quote from the wedding ceremony by Jesus Christ.
The whole first year of marriage was considered the espousal period. It climaxed at the year end
celebration. So, Joseph and Mary were married and they traveled to Bethlehem during their first year,
the espousal year.
Luke 2:6-7 (KJV)
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a
manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
When someone talks about their firstborn child it stands to reason that that person has other sons after
the first born. Mary had at least four other sons and at least three daughters. Jesus Christ was God’s
only begotten son, but, he was Mary’s first born.
In the culture of that time, when a king was born they would do two things to the baby. First, they
would put a little bit of salt in the water that they used to clean him with. Salt represented truth and
honesty. There is a covenant that they carryout to this day called the salt covenant. When two people
take the salt covenant then they are bound to protect each other with their lives, never steal from each
other or harm the other in any fashion.
The other thing they did to the babe was to wrap him in swaddling clothes. These were strips of fine
fabric that were wrapped around the babe from head to toe. It represented that he would be honest
and forthright in his dealings with others. In Ezekiel there is an insult to all of Jerusalem regarding their
character.
Ezekiel 16:4 (KJV)
4 thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.
Luke 2:8 (KJV)
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their
flock by night.
Contrary to popular belief, Jesus Christ was not Born on December 25th. He was born in
September. The reason I bring this up here is that in the dead of winter the shepherds would not
be in the fields at night. It was too cold. They would lead the sheep out to graze during the day
and then bring them back and put them in pens.
The idea that Jesus was born on December 25th Started with the Roman Catholic Church. you
see, December 25th was first day after the winter solstice that the pagans could tell that the Sun’s
path was starting to rise. So, they would have a celebration to the Sun God on that day. To get
converts the Roman Catholics changed the celebration to a celebration of the Son of God.
Luke 2:9-14 (KJV)
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and
they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shallbe to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a
manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Have you ever wondered why the angel came to the shepherds? Don’t you think that he should
have gone to the heads of Judaism or perhaps the mayor of Bethlehem, but, why the shepherds?
The shepherds were simple people who must have loved God. They sat together many times and
discussed the coming of the Christ along with other prophesies yet to be fulfilled. It comes down
to this – they were believers. They believed in God. They believed His Word and they believed
in the Christ to come.
Believing is action and when the angel told them to go see the Christ child they didn’t waste any
time. They ran to see the babe! I know this because the babe is only wrapped in swaddling
clothes for a few minutes their timing was impeccable.
About the angel and the heavenly host of angels. Angels don’t have wings and they don’t sing.
We humans have the privilege of singing which doesn’t have be that good. All it has to be is a
joyful noise unto the Lord.
Luke 2:15-20 (KJV)
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to
another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord
hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this
child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and
seen, as it was told unto them.

GOD’S PROSPERITY FOR YOU or THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART

Romans 8:17-18 (KJV)
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him,
that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory
which shall be revealed in us.
When everything in your life is going well it is easy to look at this verse and nod your head in agreement.
But, when life has dealt you a hard blow and you are reeling from the pain and anguish it is hard to see
past the state you are in. Sometimes you need to grieve. Sometimes you need to change your
circumstances as soon as possible. This article is to help you to get out of the situation you are in and get
God’s deliverance in your life.
Doubt, worry and fear are enemies of confidence, trust and believing. They are on opposite sides, they
are antithetical. They are in absolute opposition to each other. You either do one or you do the other.
You can’t do both. So, this means that when you believe God will deliver you won’t doubt it. You won’t
worry about it and you won’t fear the outcome. It may take awhile to get to the place that you believe,
but, it can be done because according to God all things are possible.
Mark 10:27 (KJV)
27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things
are possible.
Let me teach you how to change your mind and in so doing BELIEVE. You change your mind by changing
what you are mentally chewing on. If you/your mind is dwelling on the things of the past or of the
predicament you find yourself in then stop! Stop what you are thinking and make your mind think
thoughts of deliverance. Get a clear picture of what you want and don’t let the negative thoughts start
up again or/and take one of the promises from God’s Word and keep repeating it until your mind
changes and you can hold that thought. If the negative thoughts start up again STOP and start the
process over again. Your deliverance, as a Christian, is in the promises of God’s Word.
God’s will for your life is clear.
3 John 1:2 (KJV)
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul
prospereth.
But, we have to change our thinking to appropriate it.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
When we put God first in our lives God will bring us up and out of the problems we find ourselves in.Psalm 37:4-6 (KJV)
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
The Apostle Paul had everything going for him, a good education, a good job, status in the community, a
family, but, he lost it all when he became a Christian and devoted his life to God. Even though he lost
everything he treasured in the physical realm he set his sights on Heaven and the things of God and
moved forward.
Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV)
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things
which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The Apostle Paul had it figured out. The things that are past are past. All we can do is move forward. It is
the same way in navigation. Once you pass a point or landmark you forget that one because it is behind
and move on to the next.
Another integral part of getting your deliverance is prayer.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV)
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
The way you humble yourself under the mighty hand of God is by casting ALL your cares on Him.
Humbling yourself before God is not some big religious undertaking. It is knowing that you can’t do it by
yourself and you, instead, give it to God for him to take care of. You have your job God has His. The best
thing we can do is not confuse our job descriptions.
I want to show you Joshua chapter one. Moses had died and the Children of Israel mourned for forty
days then it was time for them to move out, so, God gave the leadership to Joshua and told him three
times that He, God, would be with Joshua.
Joshua 1:1-7 (KJV)
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake
unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people,
unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said
unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the
land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with
Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the
land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the
law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left,
that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
God tells us the same thing.
Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath
said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
There was a man that needed deliverance for his son and he hadn’t been able to get it from the religious
leaders or Jesus’ disciples. When he confronted Jesus Jesus knew what the problem was. The man
needed to believe. He still had doubt, worry and fear in his heart and mind. Jesus brought the man back
around so that the man could finally say “I believe, help me get rid of the doubt, worry and fear in my
life.” With that he got to the place where he believed and got deliverance for his son and himself.
Mark 9:14-27 (KJV)
14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes
questioning with them.
15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to
him saluted him.
16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which
hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth,
and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long
shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he
fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst
do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help
thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto
him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead;
insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.God tells us time and time again that He loves us, that the Christians are His children, that He
will never leave us or forsake us, that we are more than conquerors in every situation. By not
focusing on where we are, but, where we want to be; by getting those promises from God’s
Word in your heart and life, by praying and casting all your care on Him; you are guaranteed
success in this life and deliverance from the clouds of doubt, worry and fear.
Ephesians 1:18-19 (KJV)
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling,
and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of
his mighty power,

JESUS’ EARLY YEARS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

What I would like to do for you tonight is to give you, in chronological order, the verses regarding Jesus
Christ’s life to the age of twelve. With this you have everything there is to know from the Bible about
Christ’s early years.
Announcement of John
Luke 1:5-25 (KJV)
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the
course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of
the Lord blameless.
7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well
stricken in years.
8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his
course,
9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into
the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of
incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife
Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink;
and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to
the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for
the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my
wife well stricken in years.
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and
am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be
performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a
vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he
departed to his own house.
24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my
reproach among men.Announcement of Jesus
Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named
Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s
name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with
thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of
salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name
JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto
him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the
power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of
thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the
sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And
the angel departed from her.
Mary and Elizabeth
Luke 1:39-56 (KJV)
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her
womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is
the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my
womb for joy.
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were
told her from the Lord.
46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all
generations shall call me blessed.49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their
hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
Mary, Joseph and the Angel
Matthew 1:18-25 (KJV)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to
Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example,
was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a
dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that
which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his
people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet,
saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took
unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
The birth of John the Baptist
Luke 1:57-80 (KJV)
57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her;
and they rejoiced with her.
59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called
him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised
God.
65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad
throughout all the hill country of Judaea.66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall
this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might
serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of
the Lord to prepare his ways;
77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the
way of peace.
80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his
shewing unto Israel.
The birth of Jesus
Luke 2:1-20 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all
the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of
David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be
delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in
a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their
flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about
them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying
in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and
saying,14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said
one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass,
which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them
concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard
and seen, as it was told unto them.
The circumcision
Luke 2:21 (KJV)
21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was
called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
Purification and sacrifice
Luke 2:22-24 (KJV)
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they
brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the
Lord;)
24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or
two young pigeons.
Simeon
Luke 2:25-35 (KJV)
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was
just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had
seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to
do for him after the custom of the law,
28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall
and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be
revealed.
Anna
Luke 2:36-38 (KJV)
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a
great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but
served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that
looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Return to Nazareth
Luke 2:39 (KJV)
39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee,
to their own city Nazareth.
The wise men
Matthew 2:1-23 (KJV)
1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there
came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are
come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded
of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of
thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time
the star appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and
when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went
before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother,
and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented
unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into
their own country another way.
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream,
saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there
until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the
Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and
sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from
two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel
weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in
Egypt,
20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they
are dead which sought the young child’s life.
21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was
afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the
parts of Galilee:
23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken
by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
Jesus to age twelve
Luke 2:40-41 (KJV)
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was
upon him.
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
Jesus; age twelve and beyond.
Luke 2:42-52 (KJV)
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem;
and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him
among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the
doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus
dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s
business?
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.